Paul Kleff

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Location: Grand Rapids, MI
Occupation:  Professional Music Teacher
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Paul Kleff is a rock/metal guitarist from Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA with over 20 years as a musician, instructor, composer and performer. Starting out on an acoustic guitar, he learned basic chords and songs and worked hard at mastering the basics of the guitar.

As he continued to grow as musician, Paul was drawn to the fire, expression and speed of artists like Edward Van Halen, Randy Rhoads, George Lynch and Yngwie Malmsteen.  Now armed with an electric guitar, he set out to learn the styles of his heroes and began practicing and developing a lead guitar style based on both blues-influenced rock and the neoclassical shred styles of his newer influences.

Paul’s debut CD release, titled “Machined,” was a four-song EP with two instrumental songs and two songs featuring guest vocalist Jerry Keyzer. Compositionally, the songs cover a wide palette of rock, metal and shred guitar styles. Heavy, progressive instrumental metal blends with epic vocal songs with intense, melodic lead guitar to form a bold musical statement in “Machined.”  Paul was also featured on the 2008 compilation CD, “Guitars from the Shadows,” along with 12 other musicians from all over the world.

In 2008, Paul was part of an instructional clinic tour through the Midwest USA. The clinics were held at Guitar Center and local music stores in several states around the country.  Six other guitarists and international touring and recording artist Tom Hess were also featured on the clinic tour.  Paul is also a regular clinician in his home town of Grand Rapids, MI.  

Paul teaches private guitar lessons at his studio in Grand Rapids. He has been an instructor for over 20 years. Having helped hundreds of students reach their musical goals, he continues to develop specialized programs of study for each individual student based directly on their musical goals.

As a guitarist, composer, teacher and performer, Paul has established himself as a top instructor and emerging recording artist. In the future, look for Paul to continue to gain exposure as a performer, artist and instructor.

Clinic Tour Dates 2009

Date City/State Country Venue
Monday, September 14, 2009  7 pm Algonquin, Illinois USA Guitar Center
Tuesday, September 15, 2009  6 pm Grand Rapids, Michigan USA Guitar Center
Wednesday, September 16, 2009  6 pm Toledo, Ohio USA Guitar Center
Thursday, September 17, 2009  7 pm Cleveland, Ohio USA Guitar Center
Friday, September 18, 2009  7 pm Rochester, New York USA House of Guitars
Saturday, September 19, 2009  6:30 pm Vestal, New York USA McNeil Music
Wednesday, September 23, 2009  6 pm Harrisburg, Pennsylvania USA Guitar Center 
Thursday, September 24, 2009  7 pm Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania  USA Guitar Center
Friday, September 25, 2009  6 pm Columbus, Ohio  USA Sam Ash Music 
Saturday, September 26, 2009  7 pm Cincinnati, Ohio  USA Guitar Center 
Sunday, September 27, 2009  3 pm Indianapolis, Indiana  USA  Guitar Center

Other Tour Dates in 2009:

  • 1/12/2009 Guitar Center – Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • 1/17/2009 Guitar Center – Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • 2/2/2009 Guitar Center – Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • 2/9/2009 Guitar Center – Grand Rapids, Michigan

Clinic Tour Dates 2008

Date Venue City/State Address/Directions
Sunday, September 7, 2008 JC's Guitars Algonquin, IL 2214 E. Algonquin Road
Algonquin, IL 60102
Phone: 847.658.9932
Monday, September 8, 2008 Guitar Center Arlington Heights, IL 2375 S. Arlington Heights Rd.
Arlington Heights, IL 60005
Phone: 847.439.4600
Tuesday, September 9, 2008 Guitar Center Grand Rapids, MI 2891 Radcliff Ave SE
Kentwood, MI 49512
Phone: 616.464.0000
Wednesday, September 10, 2008 Guitar Center Indianapolis, IN 8475 Castleton Corner Drive
Indianapolis, IN 46250
Phone: 317.578.9570
Thursday, September 11, 2008 Guitar Center Florence, KY 4999 Houston Rd
Florence, KY 41042
Phone: 859.282.9841
Friday, September 12, 2008 Guitar Center Pittsburgh, PA 1020 Park Manor Blvd
Pittsburgh, PA 15205
Phone: 412.788.1071
Saturday, September 13, 2008 McNeil Music Vestal, NY 4517 Vestal Rd
Vestal, NY 13850
Phone: 607.729.1548
Recordings Released:
  • Firewolfe - Firewolfe
Firewolfe - Firewolfe Album
  • Guitars From The Shadows
    Compilation CD
Guitars From The Shadows Compilation CD
  • Machined EP
Paul Kleff Machined EP


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